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Tourism & Arts Centre


Enrich your holiday experience with a visit to the Port Pirie Regional Tourism & Arts Centre. As well as being home to Port Pirie’s accredited visitor information centre, it is also host to many unique and varied attractions.

Shakka the Shark

Considered as one of many Port Pirie icons! The great white pointer became entangled in a snapper line and drowned in Germein Bay and entered local folklore when it was pulled to shore. The life-sized replica of this 5.5 metre shark, along with the original jaws, fin and the story behind this magnificent creature, is on display seven days a week at the Tourism & Arts Centre.

Virtual Reality Shark Cage Dive

After some extra adventure? Try Virtual Reality Shark Cage Diving at the Port Pirie Regional Tourism and Arts Centre. This interactive experience simulates a shark cage dive and is not for the faint hearted.

Port Pirie Rail Express

Train buffs can enjoy the whistle of the train on the 1st and 3rd Sunday each month at the Tourism & Arts Centre. Pirie Rail Express miniature railway operates a miniature diesel engine providing rides for all ages.

Run Days: 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, Wednesdays during school holidays. 11.30am-2.30pm. Please note enclosed footware is required. Private bookings are available by request.

Pirie Model Rail

The Model Rail operates in conjunction with Pirie Rail Express on the first Sunday of the month. Volunteers operate models of classic trains such as The Ghan around a specially designed 360 degree viewing layout.

Open Day: 1st Sunday of the month 11.30am-2.30pm

The Tourism & Arts Centre is also home to local produce, souvenirs, gift lines and so much more! We cater for tourists and locals alike. 


3 Mary Elie Street, Port Pirie, SA 5540

Freecall 1800 000 424 or phone 08 8633 8700

Email: tourism@pirie.sa.gov.au

Opening Hours:

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Saturday 9am-4pm

Sunday & Public Holidays 10am-4pm (Open every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day)